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SRINAGAR: Meet Aadil from Bandipora who is a singer by passion, a Youtuber living his dreams and achieving all with his hard work. Aadil made his  debut with “Chand” on his Youtube channel in the year 2017. He completed his M.Sc. in  Environmental Science from Dehradun.  

Aadil set Youtube on fire by his song “Dupte Nunem”. His YouTube Channel has crossed 81K subscribers and counting.  “Dupte Nunem” was first uploaded on YouTube on March 31, 2018, and has garnered over 5,318,522 views and 46k likes so far.

Senior Editor, Kashmir News Bureau, Malik Sameed interviewed Aadil Gurezi. KNB produces the interview in full below..

How is life as a YouTuber? Tell us about your experiences?

Youtube is a very big platform and one can’t ignore the power of a quality content, sooner or later it gets noticed and all of  sudden you find yourself in the limelight. The road to success isn’t that much easy and I have faced my share of rejections but at the end of the day it is your will power & determination that matters the most.

In Kashmir, Do you think it is a challenge to sing?

In Kashmir, parents need to understand that there’s much scope in alternate careers and being doctors, engineers, and civil servants isn’t the end of world. We can contribute to our society in many ways like I represent Kashmiri language and culture overall through my music and stage shows. I am thankful to people of Kashmir who supported and posted my videos on their instagram pages and other social media sites as Jammu and Kashmir is only state where people have good number of followers and pages likes as compared to other state of India.

Has any music director approached you?

I never keep it in mind that Bollywood music director will approach me. I am doing it for my Kashmir to represent my culture, language. No doubt if you will work good, people will recognize you.  The ones who rejected me earlier are today willing to work with me today and I treat it as a blessing and at the same time I want to take this opportunity to thank all those people who have appreciated my work and share my videos online over the past many years.

You are now Youth icon in Kashmir, How do you feel?

I am thankful to people of Kashmir, they supported me in all ways. People supported during my tough times when I was suffering from throat infection. That is true I am getting good comments from Kashmir and as well as bad comments but I am focusing on good comments. 

What would be your message to the aspiring Kashmiri youth? 

Dedication and Confidence!

I always say, where there is a will there is a way. One who wishes to sing always finds songs.

 

Do well, represent your culture, language, don’t think Kashmiri language is only within Kashmir and only people of Kashmir will watch you.  Friends!  Don’t think less people will love us. Music has no language. After I sung Dupte Nunem, people across the world watched and appreciated me.

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SRINAGAR: “Poverty is the biggest curse, the claws go deep and when poverty strikes, the ripples do not leave anyone untouched,” said Khatoona Begum with tears rolling down from her sunken eyes.

Khatoona Begum probably in her sixties ,a resident of Kupwara, while narrating her story  said “I along with my family were living a happy kind of life ,a life which was full of happiness ,we were happy in our small world, My husband was the sole bread winner for our family and we had everything, food to eat, shelter to live and clothes to wear, the basic necessities but time keeps on changing and destiny has its own plans. One day my husband met a massive stroke and lost his right side to paralysis and that day was the biggest turning point in our lives,” she added. 

“Soon after this incident the tale of our life completely changed,we lost our caretaker,the one who was feeding my family became unable to work, and He was just confined to a chair and was sitting at one place. Time kept worsening because of the growing needs and unavailability of money to take up the treatment of the paralyzed husband and a my daughter who is suffering from malnutrition”, Khatoona said. 

“The whole responsibility was now left on my shoulders, I was in need of work ,I tried my luck everywhere but could not make it , Months passed I was shattered after losing all hopes I was just praying to Almighty.It was July 2014 when ICRP team visited our village,The team members delivered speech regarding Umeed and aware us what this project ‘UMEED’ is all about and through them I got to know what this project is all about and how beneficial it is for people like us ,Within days me and other women in our village like me who were in need of money to survive ,we formed and joined Self-help group namely ‘Jasmine’ ,so After the formation of self-help group ,the first thing we all do was that we started saving 100 Rupees each and opened a joint bank account,”she said with smile on her face. 

“Days passed ,I along with my self-help group members started to attend regular meetings ,we just learnt what this project is and we followed all the Panchsutras (five principals of this project UMEED) and after three months our jasmine group was eligible for Revolving fund ,(RF) an amount of 15000,and JKSRLM department gave that amount to our group ,the amount was divided into three ladies by our group leader ,after some months again our group was eligible for Community Investment Fund( CIF) an amount of 40000 , I myself took an amount of 20000 from that and bought a candle machine and some material for making candles, and started making candles at home,” Khatoona recalled. 

“I along with my kids expensed  day  night in making candles of different varieties ,I could have utilized this amount in any other business but I started making candles because our village has scarcity of power and being not so economically sound people in our village prefer to buy candles ,so I thought that I will get good amount  by selling out these candles  within my  locality,” she said.

“After passing months my financial condition was a bit sound now ,but the problem was I wanted to setup a  shop ,apart from making and selling candles , so after some months our self help group was eligible for CIF 2(Community Investment Fund and I took 50000 from this CIF2 and set up a  shop with in my locality,” she said. 

On being asked how much amount you earn monthly and what JKSRLM project Umeed is for you ,she said that, “At present I earn near about 40000 per month and it’s all because of UMEED project ,I suggest people who are like me to get attached with this project ,take me as biggest example, there was time in my life when I had no money to buy basic necessities to survive, When I was wandering here and there but nobody was there for me ,everybody turned up their face against me ,and at that time Umeed project adopted me and now I own everything as I am owner of a shop and make candles which I later sell to  various villages of Kupwara and I have  made some savings of  around 1 lac Khatoona joyfully said with a shine in her eyes. 

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SRINAGAR: A Malaysian group of 71 people who recently visited Kashmir showered praise on Valley’s beautiful landscape and hospitality. The Malaysia group was headed by Nursufinas Binti Othman Malaysian agent “She said Kashmir needs to be promoted at international level especially in Malaysia where from many travellers will love to visit Kashmir”.  He said Kashmir has beautiful landscape, culture and tradition which can attract tourists from around the globe. The group all come from Malaysia to listen the folk Music of Kashmir. 

The group also enjoyed hospitality in Kashmir. “We were surprised at the way Kashmiris are welcoming the visitors here. They give a home like feeling to tourists and are eagerly waiting to provide services at affordable rates,” they said. “It is surreal experience, there is no place beautiful than this Valley,” Mohyi Bin Mokmin says “hoping that he would come again to Kashmir more often and also promote it across globe so that more and more people come to know about the beautiful valley.”

“I had not heard about this place till my friend told me. But there were apprehensions about security as people keep telling that this place is not safe. But what I found here is totally different experience, the people here are hospitable and warm and also there is no threat,” he added.“We (Malaysian) are more comfortable in Kashmir than any other part because of religious belief and food patterns,” said Seriatin Binti Abd Rahim a female from Malaysian said. “Dresses here are quite cheaper in comparison to Malaysia. As a result of which I am working out on possibilities of importing stuff from here,” she said.

She added that “The folk Music it is really amazing I can’t understand but instruments was super”. “Kashmir needs to preserve its environment and essence to keep attracting tourists,” she said. The group stayed in Kashmir for three days and visited famous Mughal gardens, Dal Lake, heritage sites in Srinagar and also the prime tourist resorts like Gulmarg. 

The tour was organised by Sufindia Tour & Travels and also held event in Zarbarwan Park related folk Music and culture of Kashmir.  Managing Director Tauseef Ahmed Bhat, Sufindia Tour & Travels, While speaking to News Agency Press Trust of Kashmir he said that “this group is mesmerized by Folk Music and hospitability of Kashmir. They have promised to promote Kashmir tourism in their country.”